Two directors of Music and Drama/Dance, along with a pianist/instrumentalist, work with up to 60 children aged 7 - 11 years, to create a professional working environment in which every child is pushed to excel beyond what is generally expected of them on a normal school day. Using performing arts as a vehicle, the children are encouraged to develop their ability to communicate, work as a team, be spontaneous and be professional - essential life skills which help those involved to grow in confidence.
The theme of the show is explored and developed over the course of the day, with rehearsals of the script and songs culminating in a live performance from the children in front of the rest of the school, family/friends and members of the local community.
This popular format works upon the same basis as our 1 day workshop, but given the extra time, we are able to challenge the children further by offering them the chance to write sections of the script and to produce an original song in partnership with our practitioners. The longer the workshop, the more of an impact we can make.
Our five-day workshop enables us to work with the whole of Key Stage 2 which, depending on the size of the school can involve up to 300 children. This comprises 60 performers, their teachers, and up to 250 backstage crew which includes the set and props department, costume designers, marketing team, photographers, technical crew and front-of-house staff. With everyone playing a vitally important role over the course of the workshop the school is transformed into a professional working theatre. With this project we are able to offer this young age group a rare and invaluable vocational experience that promotes teamwork, perseverance, self-confidence, a positive attitude towards work, and a sense of ownership and pride. As with our shorter workshops the children's hard work and achievements are celebrated in two public performances on the final day in front of the school and local community.
Musical workshops for
children with Special
We bring in two specialist music and drama practitioners, who both have vast experience in their creative fields, coupled with a commitment to working with children with a broad range of disabilities. The school can decide to work from an original musical written by Arts Insight or from a bespoke script which, over the period of the workshop (varying between one to five days), is developed in partnership between the children and our leaders.
Taking into account the range of abilities and specialist needs (e.g. limited movement), our team provides constant stimulation through live music and visual art. The children are involved as participators and encouraged to interact, create and develop their own movements, sounds, stories and songs throughout the rehearsal. This process encourages a huge sense of ownership and achievement for every child involved as well as leaving a lasting positive impact at every school.
Each workshop can involve up to 60 students, in small groups of children aged between 6 and 18, always culminating in a wonderful performance before peers, parents and the local community.
For two weeks during the summer, four days at Easter and two days during the February and October half terms, we offer children in Warwickshire the opportunity to work with professional directors, musicians and choreographers in the school holidays. We give children the opportunity to be part of a stimulating, fun and safe environment, when many would otherwise struggle to find positive ways to spend their time, and when working parents would struggle with childcare. These workshops are offered at a subsidised cost to parents.
We will soon be booking our February Workshops, watch this space...
Previous holiday workshops
Arts Insight Summer Workshops in Leamington Spa, August 2013
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Arts Insight October Workshops in Leamington Spa. October2013.
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Respect! Social Inclusion and Co-existence
In a world where mutual respect is decreasing, we explore what a little human decency and acceptance of others could do if everyone followed the 'Code':
R = Respect E = Everyone S = So P = People E = Everywhere C = Co-exist T = Together.
Using the vibrant and varied backdrop of the 'Circus' we see the obstacles and difficulties faced when people from very different backgrounds and beliefs are forced to co-exist in the same environment. Initially this causes unrest, will they follow the 'Code' and celebrate each other’s difference or remain fractured?
In our ever-changing world, society needs to understand the impact of its presence on our planet. Using the “Big Foots” and “Tiny Toes” to represent those who have different size carbon footprints, the two groups explore daily situations, and the audience are shown how their varying behaviour can affect our environment. By the end of the story the “Tiny Toes” are able to educate the “Big Foots” and the audience on how to behave if we want our planet to survive.
When a group of school children in the UK are given a project on Africa, little did they know they would be transported to another continent to experience the environment, culture and lifestyles for themselves.
Focusing on the subject of aspirations, this show follows the journey of contestants in a game show who are desperate to prove to the 'bosses' that they have all the like skills needed to be awarded their dream jobs. Valuable lessons are explored in their quest to be the best they can be.
After School Activities
We offer 40 students from Key Stage 2 the opportunity to work with a professional director in weekly classes, which run as a one hour 'after school club', throughout the school year. The students are taught the fundamental aspects of performance art, exploring subjects such as mime, mask work, script work, devising, improvisation and audition techniques, in conjunction with dancing and singing. At the end of each term the class gets the opportunity to showcase their work in front of the school, family and friends through shows specifically created and written for them, based on idea's that the students provide.
Milverton Primary School – Leamington Spa
Coten End Primary School – Warwick
Brookhurst Primary School – Leamington Spa
Willows Primary School – Stratford-Upon-Avon
If you would like to enquire about these ongoing sessions for your school please email firstname.lastname@example.org